Life Science & Biotech

Ortho firms pull back on doc payments

October 31, 2011
J.K. Wall
The number of payments in excess of $1 million didn’t change substantially from year to year, but orthopedic companies sharply cut their fees to surgeons who received the smallest amounts.
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Insurer Humana's quarterly profit climbs 13 percent

October 31, 2011
Associated Press
Humana Inc. raised its 2011 earnings forecast, following the lead set by other big insurers, including competitor WellPoint Inc.
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Drug theft is ongoing battle for pharmaciesRestricted Content

October 29, 2011
Chris O'Malley
Over the last 12 months, the Indiana Board of Pharmacy has conducted license litigation involving at least 35 pharmacy personnel statewide who've been accused of stealing drugs from work.
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Indiana software firm growing with life sciences focusRestricted Content

October 29, 2011
Katie Maurer
RND Group fills development gaps for companies.
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Dow Agro improves quarterly revenue, profit

October 27, 2011
 IBJ Staff and Bloomberg News
Indianapolis-based Dow AgroSciences on Thursday reported record third-quarter sales of $1.2 billion, up 27 percent from the same period a year ago.
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BioCrossroads seeds upstart medical device maker

October 20, 2011
Chris O'Malley
BioCrossroads’ Indiana Seed Fund has invested $300,000 in a startup company chaired by a former Eli Lilly and Co. executive developing an absorbable stent.
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Profit falls at Lilly but meets Wall Street expectations

October 20, 2011
J.K. Wall
The Indianapolis-based drugmaker earned $1.24 billion in the three months ended Sept. 30, down 5 percent from the same quarter a year ago, even as revenue surged 9 percent.
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Ex-Dow Agro scientist pleads guilty in espionage case

October 18, 2011
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Kexue Huang faces up to 13 years in prison after pleading guilty Tuesday morning to sending trade secrets worth millions to China and Germany.
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Q&A

October 17, 2011
J.K. Wall
Sherry Keramidas, who earned her doctorate in neuroscience and physiological psychology from Purdue University, is executive director of the Maryland-based Regulatory Affairs Professionals Society, which is holding its annual conference Oct. 22-26 at the Indiana Convention Center.
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Cook Medical gets FDA panel's backing for stent

October 13, 2011
Bloomberg News
The device would be the first drug-coated stent approved in the U.S. to treat peripheral vascular disease in the largest artery of the upper leg.
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FDA: Cook Medical’s stent met efficacy, safety goals

October 11, 2011
Bloomberg News
Peripheral vascular devices, including stents, angioplasty balloons and synthetic grafts, generated $4.3 billion in global revenue last year and may earn $5.6 billion in 2014.
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Biocrossroads lands $2.8 million Lilly Endowment grantRestricted Content

October 8, 2011
 IBJ Staff
The advocate for the state's life sciences industry has now pulled in more than $25 million from the endowment.
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Cook family provides funding for Rose-Hulman bioscience labRestricted Content

October 1, 2011
 IBJ Staff
The $500,000 gift will help further a decade-long expansion of the school's life sciences curriculum.
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Federal judge nixes firm's Bio Cremation lawsuit

September 27, 2011
Associated Press
A federal judge in Pittsburgh has thrown out a lawsuit filed by a Pittsburgh company that claimed its so-called "Bio Cremation" service — a flameless process to cremate remains — was being unfairly targeted by two Indiana competitors.
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Lilly's Alimta get favorable opinion for new use in Europe

September 26, 2011
J.K. Wall
If approved for continuation maintenance, Eli Lilly and Co.'s Alimta could be used for longer stretches in lung cancer patients, generating more revenue.
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Roche hopes to prosper from austerity

September 19, 2011
J.K. Wall
Executives at Roche Diagnostics expect the wave of austerity measures being taken by western governments—including the United States—to as much as double its sales of fluid- and DNA-based tests in the next three years.
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Ex-Dow Agro scientist makes plea in trade-secret case

September 15, 2011
Associated Press
A former Indiana scientist has agreed to plead guilty to charges of illegally sending trade secrets worth $300 million to China and Germany.
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AIT's Evans gave $48M to start Marian med school

August 24, 2011
J.K. Wall
Marian disclosed Evans’ 2010 donation Wednesday as it held a groundbreaking ceremony for its medical and nursing school building, which will be called the Michael A. Evans Center for Health Sciences.
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Roche Diagnostics to get indirect boon from new test

August 22, 2011
J.K. Wall
New drug for metastatic melanoma packaged with genetic test should help Roche sell more of its cobas 4800 laboratory testing systems.
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Inventor on quest to bring medical device to marketRestricted Content

August 13, 2011
Chris O'Malley
Licensed practical nurse Nic Davis invented a device to kill and prevent the introduction of microorganisms that collect at catheter ports.
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Glick support boosts IU eye researchRestricted Content

August 13, 2011
 IBJ Staff
A $10 million research endowment at the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Eye Institute has attracted seven new researchers to the Indiana University School of Medicine’s Ophthalmology Department.
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Health care VC slows in 2011

August 8, 2011
J.K. Wall
Four Hoosier companies attracted more than $10.5 million, down from 10 companies that attracted $18.5 million during the first half of 2010.
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Zimmer playing hardball with plaintiffs' lawyers

August 8, 2011
Bloomberg News
The Warsaw-based company has sued seven law firms this year and sent warning letters to at least three more, saying their ads and Internet postings distorted the safety record of its $1.8 billion-a-year knee business.
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Medical implant maker plans move from northern Indiana

August 4, 2011
Associated Press
Rochester Medical Implants plans to move operations from Rochester to Noblesville in October. The company has 28 employees.
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Packaging manufacturer plans to expand, add 80 jobs

August 2, 2011
Indianapolis-based DGP Intelsius LLC, a manufacturer and distributor of temperature-controlled packaging, announced on Tuesday morning that it plans to add 80 jobs by 2014 as part of an $870,000 expansion.
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  1. I am not by any means judging whether this is a good or bad project. It's pretty simple, the developers are not showing a hardship or need for this economic incentive. It is a vacant field, the easiest for development, and the developer already has the money to invest $26 million for construction. If they can afford that, they can afford to pay property taxes just like the rest of the residents do. As well, an average of $15/hour is an absolute joke in terms of economic development. Get in high paying jobs and maybe there's a different story. But that's the problem with this ask, it is speculative and users are just not known.

  2. Shouldn't this be a museum

  3. I don't have a problem with higher taxes, since it is obvious that our city is not adequately funded. And Ballard doesn't want to admit it, but he has increased taxes indirectly by 1) selling assets and spending the money, 2) letting now private entities increase user fees which were previously capped, 3) by spending reserves, and 4) by heavy dependence on TIFs. At the end, these are all indirect tax increases since someone will eventually have to pay for them. It's mathematics. You put property tax caps ("tax cut"), but you don't cut expenditures (justifiably so), so you increase taxes indirectly.

  4. Marijuana is the safest natural drug grown. Addiction is never physical. Marijuana health benefits are far more reaching then synthesized drugs. Abbott, Lilly, and the thousands of others create poisons and label them as medication. There is no current manufactured drug on the market that does not pose immediate and long term threat to the human anatomy. Certainly the potency of marijuana has increased by hybrids and growing techniques. However, Alcohol has been proven to destroy more families, relationships, cause more deaths and injuries in addition to the damage done to the body. Many confrontations such as domestic violence and other crimes can be attributed to alcohol. The criminal activities and injustices that surround marijuana exists because it is illegal in much of the world. If legalized throughout the world you would see a dramatic decrease in such activities and a savings to many countries for legal prosecutions, incarceration etc in regards to marijuana. It indeed can create wealth for the government by collecting taxes, creating jobs, etc.... I personally do not partake. I do hope it is legalized throughout the world.

  5. Build the resevoir. If built this will provide jobs and a reason to visit Anderson. The city needs to do something to differentiate itself from other cities in the area. Kudos to people with vision that are backing this project.

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